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Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Catering

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Sir Stephen McAdden Sir Stephen McAdden , Southend East 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the hon. Member for Woolwich, West, as Chairman of the Kitchen Committee, what arrangements have been made with the Treasury for the payment of the staff now employed by the Refreshment Department between the dates of the dissolution of Parliament and the appointment of a new Kitchen Committee in the next Parliament, in view of the General Election which will take place before the end of next May.

Photo of Sir William Steward Sir William Steward , Woolwich West

Representations were made to the Treasury on this matter early this year, to which the Financial Secretary replied—and here I will quote: If there is a General Election during 1959–1960 some special provision may prove to be necessary to cover the period of the Election, but this cannot be included in the Estimates.

Photo of Sir Stephen McAdden Sir Stephen McAdden , Southend East

Can my hon. Friend tell me whether in these negotiations he had the assistance of having any definite dates which he could discuss with the Treasury?

Photo of Sir Godfrey Nicholson Sir Godfrey Nicholson , Farnham

Is my hon. Friend aware of the widespread regret that he is not standing at the next General Election?